It’s the first weekend of fall in DFW, and there are plenty of things to do and festivals to celebrate the new season. Enjoy all things German at Oktoberfest Fort Worth, watch hot air balloons take to the skies in Plano, cultivate your appreciation for the arts in Arlington or party on the porch at one of the best museums around. Whatever you choose to do, share your pics using #DFWWeekend for a chance to be featured in our weekend gallery and social channels!
Fort Worth | September 21 – 23
Didn’t get your fill of German food and bier last weekend? Grab your lederhosen and head down to Panther Island Pavilion! You can test your strength in the Stein Holding Competition, watch speedy pups in the Daschund Dash, and enjoy three days of bier, live music, dancing and carnival fun. Tickets are $5 on Thursday and $10 on Friday and Saturday. Kiddos under 12 get in free!
Arlington | September 21 – 24
If you love the arts, you’ll love this annual four-day festival. Explore Arlington while cultivating your appreciation for film, music and art. There will be an art exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art, live music of all genres at J. Gilligans Bar and Grill and films from local, national and international filmmakers at the Studio Movie Grill in Lincoln Square. The live music portion of the fest is free, and you can purchase tickets to a 3-hour film screening for $10 or a day of films for $25. Tickets to the art exhibit are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Plano | September 22 – 24
Look up this weekend where Plano’s skies will be filled with 40+ hot air balloons! Head to Oak Point Park for the largest balloon festival in Texas, featuring parachuting shows, live music, tethered hot air balloon rides and of course, magical balloon launches. Kiddos will love the inflatable rides, berry-go-round and art activities offered in the Kids Zone. Admission is $5 for adults and free for kids under 36 inches.
Grand Prairie | September 23
Celebrate the magical migration of the monarch butterfly with live music, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and costume contest for the kiddos! This free annual event is like a farewell party for the butterflies as they head to Central Mexico for the winter. Following the event, Cowboys fans will want to visit Traders Village for the Cowboy Alumni Pep Rally and Autograph Party for a meet and greet with Eugene Lockhart, Kevin Smith and Terry Glenn.
Fort Worth | September 23
Art, live music, food trucks and drinks: It’s no wonder why the Amon Carter Museum of American Art calls this event Party on the Porch! Sit back and relax on the lawn overlooking Fort Worth’s skyline while listening to local musicians like the Matt Tedder Trio and Green River Ordinance. Need some A/C? Head inside the museum which will be open until 9 p.m. The best part? Admission to the museum and party is free!